Doves of Peace

By John Bomhoff
Art Studio Manager, Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Create a symbol of peace for the new year at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix.

Ages: 5 and up (with adult assistance)

Materials: 5” X 6” cardboard squares, 5” X 6” piece of white or colored cardstock or Xerox paper, 4” X 6” piece of white paper, scissors, pencil or marker


Parents: create a pattern for a dove out of the cardboard paper. It should be a simple side view with no wings – just the head, body, and tail feathers.

Trace around the pattern with pencil on a sheet of cardstock or Xerox paper.

Cut out the dove.

Take the 4” X 6” piece of white paper and fan fold into ½” folds to create wings.

Holding the folds together round off both ends with the scissors.

Fold the bird in half and cut a 1” slit in the side of the bird where the wings would go. Open the bird back up.

Fold the wing paper in half, open it up again, and insert it through the slit.

Unfurl each half of the paper on either side of the bird to create flapping wings.

Using a pencil or marker add a face and details.


The white dove has been used as a symbol of peace throughout the history of several major religions including Christianity, Judaism and Islam. It is often depicted carrying an olive branch, which represented peace to the ancient Greeks and Romans. This universal symbol continues today to represent a desire for peace. As we near the end of this year, what better time to create a symbol that expresses our hopes for peace in the new year.


The mission of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them. With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children ages birth to 10, the Museum focuses on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is located at 215 N. 7th St. in downtown Phoenix, at the southeast corner of Seventh Street and Van Buren in the historic Monroe School Building.


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